The Oasis Reporters
February 7, 2019
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani
Kukasheka Usman, mni, FNIPR, has voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army after 36 years in service.
“With utmost gratitude to God, I wish to inform you, the wonderful officers, soldiers and civilian staff of the Directorate of Army Public Relations, that with effect from Friday 8 February 2019, I will be proceeding on Terminal Leave, thus marking the end of my exciting and fulfilling career in the Nigerian Army,” he said.
“ I am therefore bidding you all goodbye in my capacity as Director, Army Public Relations”, he continued
“I would like to seize this opportunity to thank you all for your friendship, love, support, loyalty and encouragement over the years that tremendously assisted me personally and repositioning the Directorate to the enviable height attained, thus far. I also wish to thank the Nigerian nation and the Nigerian Army for the wonderful opportunity to serve the country and humanity in various capacities for over three decades.
“I am leaving highly fulfilled after contributing my best to national development, the Nigerian Army, gaining great wealth of knowledge, experience, inestimable network of friends which I will treasure forever. I am thankful to the Nigerian Army for giving me wonderful opportunities and work exposure to practice Public Relations to the point of being a Fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Member of the National Institute (mni), among other honours, awards and qualifications, as well as attaining the highest level of command of the Directorate of Army Public Relations twice.”
Usman was born in 1965. He attended Kukasheka Primary School from 1973 to 1977, Government Secondary School, Kafanchan, from 1977 to 1982, and in 1983, he joined the army as a recruit.
In 1991, he got a degree in Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano, and was granted Direct Regular Commission (DRC) as a lieutenant in the Army’s Directorate of Information.
So far, a new Army spokesman has not been announced, but Usman handed over to A.A. Yusuf, the Chief of Staff at the Directorate of Army Public Relations. It is expected that in the coming days, a definite announcement would be made, announcing a replacement.
The Nigerian Army had at a time re-appointed Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman as its spokesman, then replacing Brig. General Texas Chukwu, when Usman completed the “Strategic course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies’’ – NIPSS, at Kuru in Jos.
Usman had proceeded to NIPSS for the executive course in January, 2018
Brig. General Texas Chukwu, who had been the spokesman of the army while Usman was away, later proceeded to the same institute for same course.